On Wednesday, September 23, Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, held the first full committee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 - legislation prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Notable witnesses included Representatives Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin; the Hon. Stuart Ishimaru, acting chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and two victims of employment discrimination, William Eskridge and Vandy Beth Glenn. You can view the full hearing online through the Congressional archives. You can also read PFLAG National's written testimony on our website.
Wednesday's historic hearing marks just a mid-way point in a long fight that can only be won with your help. Even if you've taken action before, your Congress members must hear from you again today, before the ENDA bill gets marked up in the Education and Labor Committee. Your representative needs to know that you won't stand for anything less than full equality in this country. Equality is not guaranteed for all of our LGBT loved ones; fully-inclusive employment discrimination laws exist in only 12 states and just over 100 localities. Take action today to secure much-needed workplace fairness!
Please visit www.thomas.gov and type in H.R. 3017 to see if your representative is a co-sponsor. If they are, please send a note to thank them, and let them know that you appreciate their work on behalf of LGBT workers.
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